The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, has urged the government to do everything to put graduate teachers trained with the taxpayers’ money in classrooms to address the teacher shortfalls.
He expressed worry about the situation where quite a large number of teachers, professionally trained, remained unemployed even though many classrooms in rural communities were without teachers.
This would have to change, he said at the matriculation ceremony for 6,943 students admitted to pursue under-graduate and post-graduate programmes at the College of Technology Education, Kumasi.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw complained about the poor nature of streets on the University’s various campuses and called for a special budgetary provision to completely change its outlook.
The government, he said, should also pay particular attention to the University “to enable us put up the needed infrastructure, procure the needed equipment and other relevant resources to increase access without sacrificing quality as we strive to train teachers who can function and remain functional in the 21st century classroom”.
The University has been admitting not less than 15,000 students every year into various academic programmes to train them to be professional teachers to help improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said out of the 20,956 applications received this year, the University offered admission to 9,057, with 6,508 representing, 71.9 per cent, reporting.
The total number of post-graduate studies applications also came to 1,251 with 558 admitted. Seventy-eight per cent (435) of them registered. GNA